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ALLAN deSOUZA

Painting Redux

December 7, 2012 - January 15, 2013

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Calypso (wmnndchldrn), 2010

Talwar Gallery is pleased to present, Painting Redux, a solo exhibition of works by Allan deSouza. The exhibition will open to the public on December 7 and run through January 15, 2013.  Through the appropriation of iconic paintings, and his virtual, painterly process, deSouza in Painting Redux, traverses past and present, exploring collective and individual encounters with Western art history and canonical Western artists. The familiar, figurative sources of the works, through the process of deSouza’s overlaying are submerged in dense, mostly monochromatic palettes, subtly re-emerging on the surface in residual traces and flecks of color.

In the Redactions series, paintings by Henri Rousseau and Paul Gauguin have been redacted and reworked, where the color is extracted from the furthest point of the painting–usually the horizon–is brought forth to envelope the surface, obscuring the original image. While the works in Third Eye emerge from self-portraits of major Western artists, undergoing a painterly retransformation with the dominant color in each portrait selected from the site of the proverbial ‘third eye’.

There is a heightened responsiveness in this body of work; from the seeming tactility of the medium, the variety of marks on the surface, texture in the translucency of erasure and simultaneous over laying seen in the most varied notations – from the lightness, the density and the sheer luminosity of color. Hovering between figuration and abstraction, subjectivity and neutrality, the real and the fictional, Allan deSouza’s works excavate historical, cultural, and ideological constructs, examining the relationship between narratives of collective identity, individual experience and art history.

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Miro, 2010

Allan  deSouza’s  works are  currently  on  view  in  a  solo  exhibition,  His  Masterʹs  Tools   at  The Fowler  Museum,  Los  Angeles,  CA.   His  works  have  recently  been  on  view  at  The  Krannert  Museum, Champaign,  IL  (2010);  Centre  Georges  Pompidou,  Paris,  France  (2010);  Walther  Collection,  Neu‐Ulm,  Germany (2010); Loyola University Museum, New Orleans, LA (2010);  3rd Guangzhou Triennale, China (2008) ; 7th Gwangju Biennale Seoul, South Korea (2008); The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA (2007); In Snap Judgments at International Center of Photography, New York (2006) and travel to Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam,  Netherlands  and  Memphis  Brooks  Museum  of  Art,  Memphis,  TN;  In  Africa  Remix  at  Museum Kunst Palast, Dusseldorf, Germany (2004) and travel to Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (2006)  and  Hayward  Gallery,  London,  England  (2005);  The  Philadelphia  Museum  of  Art,  PA  (2004);  Museum of African Art, New York, NY (2003); The Studio Museum, Harlem, New York, NY and in Out of  India,  Queens  Museum,  NY  (1997).  

Exhibition Views

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Aquarius (trpclfrstwthmnkys), 2010

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55″ x 40″

 

Chinaberry (jdth), 2010

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55" x 40"

Imperial (wmnwthflwr), 2010

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55" x 40"

Polar Sky (fghtbtwntgrnbffl), 2010

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55" x 40"

Mango (mrcnndnstrgglngwthgrll), 2010

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55" x 40"

Oriental Iris (wmnbthg), 2010

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55″ x 40″

Calypso (wmnndchldrn), 2010

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55″ x 40″

Bacon, 2010

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17" x 13"

 

Cezanne, 2010

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55" x 40"

Close,  2010

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17" x 13"

Da Vinci, 2010

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17" x 13"

Freud, 2010

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17" x 13"

 

Rembrandt, 2010

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17" x 13"

Mapplethorpe, 2010

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17" x 13"

Miro,  2010

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17" x 13"

Nauman, 2010

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17" x 13"

 

Warhol, 2010

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17" x 13"

Picasso, 2010

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Matisse,  2010

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17" x 13"

Schiele, 2010

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17" x 13"

Van Gogh, 2010

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17" x 13"

Secret Garden (mnwthx), 2010

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55" x 40"

Palm Coast (whyryngry), 2010

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55" x 40"

Turtle (tgrntrpclstrm),  2010

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55" x 40"

Aquarius (trpclfrstwthmnkys), 2010

C – Print

55″ x 40″

 

Chinaberry (jdth), 2010

C – Print

55" x 40"

Imperial (wmnwthflwr), 2010

C – Print

55" x 40"

Polar Sky (fghtbtwntgrnbffl), 2010

C – Print

55" x 40"

Mango (mrcnndnstrgglngwthgrll), 2010

C – Print

55" x 40"

Oriental Iris (wmnbthg), 2010

C – Print

55″ x 40″

Calypso (wmnndchldrn), 2010

C – Print

55″ x 40″

Bacon, 2010

C – Print

17" x 13"

 

Cezanne, 2010

C – Print

55" x 40"

Close,  2010

C – Print

17" x 13"

Da Vinci, 2010

C – Print

17" x 13"

Freud, 2010

C – Print

17" x 13"

 

Rembrandt, 2010

C – Print

17" x 13"

Mapplethorpe, 2010

C – Print

17" x 13"

Miro,  2010

C – Print

17" x 13"

Nauman, 2010

C – Print

17" x 13"

 

Warhol, 2010

C – Print

17" x 13"

Picasso, 2010

C – Print

17" x 13"

Matisse,  2010

C – Print

17" x 13"

Schiele, 2010

C – Print

17" x 13"

Van Gogh, 2010

C – Print

17" x 13"

Secret Garden (mnwthx), 2010

C – Print

55" x 40"

Palm Coast (whyryngry), 2010

C – Print

55" x 40"

Turtle (tgrntrpclstrm),  2010

C – Print

55" x 40"